Menlo Oaks


Pre-World War II homes, usually top end.  Look here if you want lots of land in a genteel, semi-rural setting that’s close to town.  And bring money. 

Boundaries:  Bay, Middlefield, Ringwood, Veterans Administration Hospital.  Map boundaries are approximate due to my limitations as a map maker.  Neighborhood boundaries may be subjective.  Boundaries and other information on this site should be verified before being relied upon.

Overview:  There’s funky semi-rural and then there’s affluent semi-rural.  Menlo Oaks is affluent.  Large lots project an upscale feel.  Winding streets, no sidewalks, many trees—perhaps a picture of the mid-Peninsula before it was completely built out.

NOTE:  This area is governed directly by San Mateo County, not the City of Menlo Park.  Menlo Park’s police and public works services are not available to Menlo Oaks residents.  Contact the Menlo Park City Clerk’s office at (650) 858-3380 for city services that may be available to Menlo Oaks residents for a non-resident fee, such as library and recreation programs.  If you think you might be remodeling or expanding your home, contact the County Planning & Building Division at (650) 363-4161 for guidelines before you buy.

Housing stock:  One of the oldest and most architecturally diverse neighborhoods in Menlo Park.  Some homes date back to the teens, with most built between the 1920s and 1951.  Most of the older homes are substantial.  Large lots attract much new construction.  No condos or townhouses.  The periphery along Coleman south of the VA Hospital has many larger apartment buildings.

Lot sizes:  They range from generous to huge.  Most are around 20,000 sq.ft., many are 30k and a few are full acres.  Quarter-acre lots that would be huge in most other neighborhoods are small here.

Affordability:  Menlo Oaks is pricey.  Large lots, much charm and highly-regarded schools make this area expensive.

Schools:  K-8 district:  Menlo Park City School District, 181 Encinal Ave., Atherton CA 94027.  Administration-Superintendent (650) 321-7140.  District attendance map. School evaluations.

9-12 district:  Sequoia Union High School District, 480 James Ave., Redwood City 94062.  Administration (650) 369-1411.  Boundary searchSchool evaluations.

This information is based on district and other sources but may be obsolete by the time you read this.  Verify district boundaries and school availability with district offices. 

Amenities:  Seminary Oaks Park, Santa Monica Avenue (walking paths, benches, open play field, children’s playground, tot-lot playground, public art, rock garden).

Shopping:  A short drive to downtown Menlo Park.  Old strip centers along Willow.

Neighborhoods with similar ambienceBarney Park in Fair Oaks might be most directly comparable in a number of ways including location, rural ambience and the wide variety of housing stock and lot sizes.  After that you run out of comparables.  Towns west of 280 such as Woodside, Portola Valley and Los Altos Hills also offer a rural setting but they’re hilly, often isolated and you pay dearly for their acre-plus lots.  However, these communities also have a small number of homes on smaller lots that may predate current zoning requirements.   These offer an ambience similar to Menlo Oaks but without the walk-to-town convenience.

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